The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Cast's Real-Life Partners

From the hilarious creative work to the wonderful acting skills of the cast member, the reasons why "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" became a multiple award winner are easy to understand. However, even though we love to see them on the screen, there are a lot of things we don’t know about their personal lives. Let’s dig deep into the cast’s lives and see who they really are!


Before landing the role of a brilliant Jewish comedian, the 29-year-old actress used to mainly portray dramatic characters. Her previous TV work on “House of Cards”, “Blacklist”, and “Manhattan” were everything but humorous. So, did her current role include a special preparation or is it about her natural ability to produce tons of jokes? 

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Well, it appears that Brosnahan did get some help becoming Mrs. Maisel. Rachel is good friends with writer-comedienne Jasmine Pierce, who served not only as an inspiration for the role, but also a valuable advisor for her comedic antics. The actress showed up to her Mrs. Maisel’s audition sick, but she actually credits her sickness for getting the role.

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“When you don’t feel well or you’re over-exhausted, all of your inhibitions fall away. You do some of your most fearless work because you have nothing to lose.” Well, that is one way to put it! But we are glad she got the role!


She's kept it private for quite a long time. In 2018, the news broke that Rachel had recently tied the knot with actor Jason Ralph, as they were spotted wearing wedding rings on the Emmy red carpet. However, the actress later revealed that the couple had been married “for years” and had been together for even longer. 

So how did Rachel meet her partner in crime? Brosnahan and Ralph both worked on the TV series “Manhattan”, which ran for two seasons between 2014 and 2015. The pair also appeared in the 2014 movie “I'm Obsessed with You (But You've Got to Leave Me Alone)” together. Where else could you see Rachel’s spouse? 


Jason was the lead in “The Magicians” and appeared in other TV shows including “Younger”, “Gossip Girl” and “Madam Secretary.” The couple reportedly married in 2016, and are happy owners of two lovely dogs Winston and Nikki. So why did Brosnahan keep her marriage secret for so long? 

The actress referenced the sexist double standard that women face, particularly when being asked questions on red carpets. Contrary to the overall curiosity about her love life, Jason, who’s also a lead in successful TV series, has almost never been asked about his relationships. Well, putting it like this it is easy to understand why!


Ralph is Mrs. Maisel’s number one fan. He often takes to Instagram to praise his wife and promote the show. For last year’s Halloween, he even paid tribute to Brosnahan’s character by dressing up as her. How adorable is that?

While accepting her Golden Globe on stage, Brosnahan mentioned her husband in the sweetest manner: "Jason, I love you. I wouldn't be here at all without you. Thank you." Awwww, looks like real couple goals, doesn’t it? Let’s see how their love life and family develop, hopefully, they will keep being this adorable!


Before landing the role as Joel Maisel, Zegen appeared in “Girls”, “The Walking Dead”, “Boardwalk Empire” and “Rescue Me”. Yet there’s another part which Michael can be recognized for: he made over 50 appearances on “The Late Show With David Letterman” as "Dwight The Troubled Teen." 

When he first read the script of the show’s pilot, Zegen had his eye on the role of Mr. Maisel. Although Michael thought it would be a small part, he felt it was what he really needed. “I thought I was perfect for it, I really did. Even the description of him, I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s me,’” he said.

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Zegen seems to be even more secretive about it than his colleague Brosnahan. On the set of “The Walking Dead” in 2012, he met actress and singer Emily Kinney, who played Beth Greene. The two started dating but their romance did not last long. 

The couple split up after a few months, and since then Michael has not been seen involved in any relationships. Zegen was even rumored to be dating his on-screen wife Rachel Brosnahan. The actors did a good job portraying their characters’ romance, and they were seen together at a few events.  


Since Brosnahan revealed her real-life husband, Zegen, in the eyes of the media, has gone back to the “single” relationship status. Reportedly, Michael has no children, but he often posts pictures of kids named Bella and Jack to his Instagram feeds. 

One of the posts hinted that the mother of the children is Allison Zegen. And since Michael has two brothers, he’s probably a loving uncle to those sweet kids. We really hope that the actor will soon get the role of father to his own little Zegens, and we can’t wait to see how they look like!


Season 3 finally showed us Susie without her newsboy cap, with loose wavy hair and there was even that moment with the green facemask! Still, all those attributes hardly make her an example of refined femininity. But 48-year-old Alex Borstein, the actress behind Susie’s character, enjoys wearing makeup, dresses, and high heels in real life. 

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Borstein speaks of her role very warmly: “I think there’s a lot of me in her, and a lot of her in me. We’re both indefatigable little people, Susie and I. We’re like a Mini Cooper—we’ve got a low center of gravity and kind of hug the road.” That’s an adorable way of thinking!

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While show-fans question Susie’s sexual orientation and family values, she is not Alex is a straight divorced mother of two. Borstein met the actor and writer Jackson Douglas while studying improv at the ACME Comedy Theatre. After a few years of dating, Douglas proposed to her during the taping of a MADtv skit, and they tied the knot in 1999. 

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Alex and Jackson welcomed a son named Barnaby in 2008 and four years later their daughter Henrietta joined their family. The actress appeared in numerous TV series, including “Gilmore Girls” where she played not one but three episodic characters: Drella, Miss Celine, and Doris. But in fact, she had been cast to portray a much bigger role. 


Sookie St. James who was eventually played by Melissa McCarthy. According to the plot, Sookie would later marry Jackson, a character played by Borstein’s real-life husband Douglas. However, unfortunately, she had to reject the role due to other contractual obligations.

After 15 years of marriage, Douglas filed for divorce, and it took 3 more years to finalize the agreement. In her interview with the Huffington Post, Borstein shared that the lesson she learned from her marriage was “don’t get married”: “If you believe in romance and if you believe in marriage, you also have to believe in divorce,” she said. 


Perhaps, the actress’ anti-marriage attitude developed from the court’s decision to give her ex-husband half of her income? As the couple did not have a prenup, the court stated that the ex-spouses would equally share all residuals and royalties for the work completed during their marriage. 

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Borstein’s longest career commitment is writing, producing, and voicing Lois Griffin on “Family Guy”. According to reports, that job brings her $220,000 a month, and she had to give half to her ex. Funny thing is that for the 70th Emmy Awards where she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Alex Borstein wore her wedding gown.